Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fox Team 2008

By pure happenstance, I've recenly had the pleasure to write or otherwise chat with a lot of the folks who worked on VFP 8 and 9. It occurred to me that there's no single source of information on everyone, if anyone cares, so here's what I know:

  • YAG (Y. Alan Griver). Still doing good communities architect work at MS and part-time involved with VFP issues and Sedna. Still happily attached to Ms. Beth Massi, another VFP superstar and now working with VB at MS.
  • Gene Goldhammer. Happily retired in Las Vegas. Honestly, haven't seen or heard from him since 2005 DevCon.
  • Ken Levy. Very involved with VSX so much so that he doesn't return emails from his pals (hey Ken!).
  • Randy Brown. Still (willfully) unemployed. Engaged with a child due in June and official marriage in August.
  • Calvin Hsia. Deeply involved with VB.Net and LINQ and still posting great code at
  • Aleksey Tsingauz. The database code master is also involved with LINQ at MS and impressing everyone, as usual.
  • Richard Stanton. Kicking butt still in the VS world for MS and doing some work for Sedna.
  • Mike Stewart. Working for a startup and loving every minute of it. Still residing in Redmond with his wife.
  • Chandra Srinivasan. Formerly a VFP tester, now a developer in the Windows division. He's now married (since July 2007).
  • Garrett Fitzgerald. Gainfully employed in Maine where he resides with his family.
  • Greg Reichert. Employed in Memphis, TN, since last year. Lost his wife earlier this year (so sad). One of the best and most intuitive VFP coders I have ever met.
  • David Anderson. Still going strong as a partner in Alden Anderson, LLC. A gifted database man.
  • Jay Jones. The buildmaster for VFP9, now working as the same with Visual Studio.

Boy, it's fun to remember old times!


Cathy Pountney said...

I just ran into Ricardo Wenger (former VFP Group Manager) at the MVP Summit. He's still working at MSFT and looked great. It was fun chatting with him! I loved working for him in 2001 .. and was soooo disappointed when I had to turn down the full-time job offer. Ah .. those were the days!!

Anonymous said...

Alan Griver is not longer an Architect on the Community Team. He's some kind of business manager for Microsoft's cloud computing stuff for businesses.

Gonzo said...

I always liked Ricardo and wish that he had had the freedom of action with the product that he wanted. He would have been a greater Group Manager if he'd been able to compete on a level playing field.

I was unaware of Alan's shift. When I talked to him, it was mainly about personal stuff.